In Westminster’s 2020 Community Survey, 68% of respondents said they want a community with distinct neighborhoods. Additionally, 65% said that they want to ensure the City provides ample affordable / workforce housing. Uplands is responding to these citizen priorities by offering a mix of single family detached, single family attached (paired homes and townhomes), and multifamily (condos/apartments) ranging in size and price. Single family homes will be built on smaller, more water-efficient lots with front porches that encourage community interaction and a friendly, walkable neighborhood.
The architectural styles will focus on unique and distinct housing types, all of which will be connected by sidewalks, trails, bikeways, and parks. Initial concepts have been shared with the public and we will be collecting feedback through January 31, 2021 to help guide each future builder with final selections of styles and materials.
The largest parcel on which Uplands is planned is designated as a traditional mixed-use neighborhood in the City of Westminster’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (see page 38). The land uses that are allowed under the guidance of this policy document include: apartments, condos, lofts, and townhomes; single family residents; offices; personal services; retail commercial; and live/work spaces (see page 48). As the document states, “This designation is intended for inclusive neighborhoods with a mix of residential and supportive non-residential uses in a walkable, pedestrian-oriented, urban village development pattern. Housing types could range from medium and small-lot single family homes to multifamily apartments and lofts. Mixed or non-residential uses could include offices, personal/business services, retail and live/work development. An interconnected grid of streets, pedestrian connections and parks is emphasized.”
A total of about 30,000 SQ FT of non-residential space will be incorporated into the plan for parcel A and situated closer to Federal Blvd. For reference, 30,0000 SQ FT is the average size of a smaller grocery store (think Sprouts versus Safeway). This will be spread out and divided into smaller spaces that can accommodate retail, cafes, personal services, office/work spaces, etc., all of which will be connected to sidewalks and pedestrian corridors making it easy for residents to walk instead of drive.
Additionally, about 47,000 SQ FT of office space is planned for Parcel D.
There’s a strong link between the number of rooftops in a given area and the sustainability of local businesses. The failing or struggling commercial and retail in and around Historic Westminster is due to the fact that there aren’t enough households supporting them. We’ve heard from the owners of Summit Square that they have interest from several prospective tenants, but all of them have said their commitment is dependent on additional rooftops and consumers in the area.
The maximum allowable height is five stories and is only allowed at the intersection of Federal Blvd and 86th Avenue.
Yes, Uplands is dedicating 40 acres of land to the City of Westminster: 34 acres that will be public parks and 6 acres to specifically protect the best views for all to enjoy. Amenities, design, and use for these parks and spaces will be determined by the City. We encourage you to provide input via our Digital Workshop or you can contact City staff to share your ideas.
These new city parks are centered on the best views the land provides. For example, one park will be located at the top of the Lowell ‘sunset hill’ together with the grove nearby; another on land capturing the Downtown Denver view at 84th and Federal; and other large parks on Parcel A will provide unparalleled views of the Front Range.
Uplands’ vision has always included a component of community agriculture to both pay respect to the site’s history and honor the desires of the existing community, which has not had access to this private land in the past. The way in which this would be realized is through a City-led process following the public land dedication. In total, Uplands will dedicate 40 acres of land to the City to be transformed into public parks, plazas, and view corridors. We encourage neighbors to continue to advocate to the City for what they’d like to see on these 40 acres, including community agriculture.
Yes, Uplands will build dedicated bike lanes and paths/trails that encourage walking and biking over driving.
The proposed new design for Lowell Blvd. will provide those who live directly on Lowell the ability to back-up without entering travel lanes. For specific details on this please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, the City provisionally allocated sufficient water to this project in 2007 and in 2013, the City incorporated the water budget for this new community into the City’s integrated Comprehensive Land Use Plan and City Water Plan.
The City’s recent water rate increase is due to aging infrastructure that is in need of repair and ongoing maintenance. Information on this is available on the City’s website.
No, but Uplands is making millions of dollars of improvements that benefit new and existing homes, more than paying a fair share of the needed infrastructure investments for Historic Westminster. Additionally, each new homeowner in Uplands will pay a tap fee to help offset the water infrastructure costs shared by all Westminster residents.
Uplands will help deliver on Westminster’s sustainability targets, which were determined through the City’s two-year community driven process: economic resilience by expanding opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs, health/wellness through increased grocery options and neighborhood walkability, housing/neighborhood targets by providing greater (and more affordable) housing options, transportation/mobility with new travel lanes, bike lanes and traffic/intersection improvements, natural resources and the environment in added trees, grasses and vegetation that are native and/or water efficient.
Uplands is following some of the best practices established by leading institutions on health, the environment, and sustainability.
More homes means a revitalized economy in the local retail centers for potential new grocery stores, and increased demand for existing and new local businesses in the area.
The millions of dollars invested in the region’s water, sewer, and road infrastructure reduces the financial burden on existing taxpayers and ratepayers.
40 acres of parks and spaces for viewing the mountains and downtown will be provided with public access to the land that has been private and inaccessible for decades.
And perhaps the greatest benefit of all will be the addition of new, and improvements to existing, pedestrian walkways, corridors, and crossings that will make it possible to connect to local services in safe and easy ways.
Timing can vary based on the entitlement process with the City of Westminster and development timing of the land. For 2021 we are focused on obtaining all the necessary approvals from the City. Construction will begin thereafter and will likely span 15-20 years.
Uplands is investing millions of dollars up front for utility system upgrades, roadway improvements, street safety measures, and to address pre-existing stormwater/flooding issues on Shaw Boulevard. These items, along with the installation of miles of pedestrian and biking connections, don’t cost the City or existing residents anything — even though both groups will benefit from these improvements.
These collective public infrastructure obligations will require Uplands to seek approval for a Metropolitan District to cover a portion of those costs, as contemplated by the City’s Metropolitan District policies for traditional mixed use neighborhood communities (e.g. Bradburn). The City’s policy regarding Metropolitan Districts is to approve them only after an Official Development Plan (ODP) has been approved. At this time, no Metropolitan District documents for Uplands are scheduled for hearings/approvals because the ODP is still pending.
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